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  1. Winter Bass

    The Good Place S3 - heaven is a place on Earth (spoilers)

    Given that time is really wonky in the afterlife, maybe the Study Group is going to somehow create the Good Place, and then it retroactively gets made to exist for all those eligible forward and back. But I think it's more likely that the "Good Place" is just a different kind of torment for folks altruistic enough to get into it. Maybe it's all just different types of demons preying upon different types of people. The counter-example there would be Mindy St Claire in the Medium Place, but I think it's striking that her destiny feels like ironic punishment. In life she was a hard-driving, ambitious, Type A person - but her afterlife consists of being stuck in the same old house in a wasteland for eternity, after being told that she was so cosmically middling that neither Heaven nor Hell took her. Or none of that. We don't need that to explain why Chuck is damned - he's damned for the same reason Tahani was. All of those "good" deeds don't count because he's not doing them altruistically. His driving force is entirely selfish self-preservation.
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    Bakker LVI: the Rectum of Creation

    It seems like souls don't just become aligned with the Gods, though- Yatwer actively embraces those of her beloved followers (like Sorweel after his death). Plus there's Kellhus' "head on a pole" vision of the "Other Sons" drinking the moaning ectasy of Countless Dead, suggesting they feed on them as much as "more demonic" powers feed on the torments of other souls. Probably, judging by the Glossary Entry on the Inverse Fire (although that could be read as the limited number of people who look into it seeing that they're damned because the "great" always have some pretty huge personal flaws). Although from what we've seen, Yatwer probably takes the lion's share of souls that don't end up being ruled by some horrible ciphrang or another. This makes me really curious about the Bellicose Gods concept. How would that become a practice? I kind of love the idea of some of the Hundred rewarding those who actively struggle against them.
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    Bakker LVI: the Rectum of Creation

    I don't think it's so much that they have "domains" as there is "stuff associated with XYZ that you do that pleases them and maybe gets them to favor you, for arbitrary reasons". Yatwer really likes it if you give unconditionally, Gilgaol likes it if you are a war monster (maybe?), etc. That stuff then gets incorporated into a religion with practices, like the Thousand Temples taming the Kiunnat. I looked at Kakaliol's POV section again, and it looks like Ciphrang also do the "eternal now" thing that Mimara and the Gods have.
  4. Winter Bass

    Bakker LVI: the Rectum of Creation

    Good question. I wonder if all of the Consult and Inchoroi would become Ciphrang, if it amounts to being a powerful soul with intense hatred, desire, and determination. I guess that still kind of sucks. Even if you're feeding on souls instead of being fed upon (most of the time), you're still just a very, very small fish in a dangerous hell-pond - and we know that the Gods feud and fight with each other (with Yatwer, Ajokli, and Gilgaol straight up seizing souls if it pleases them). Then again, maybe you only need one of your sorcerers to become a Ciphrang, and then you can cut a deal with him in the Outside to claim the souls of follow-up dead sorcerers. It's not the only technique for doing it too. I re-read the AMA, and Bakker said that Shae had a couple of techniques for soul-trapping (the other members of the Mangaecca tried them as well, but apparently sucked at them more and eventually all died). I could see the Mandate being super-conservative with their spell-casting, and having an ideology of "well, of course we're not going to improve on the Quya who were doing this for ages past". Not so much the Anagogic Schools, and they do seem to have had some innovation that gets mentioned in the Glossary.
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    Bakker LVI: the Rectum of Creation

    For sure, although I figured that would be a lot harder for Mandate Schoolmen than for the Anagogic Schools. They'd also be better equipped to try and find soul-trapping sorceries, since they can achieve precision far, far greater than the Anagogic Sorcery can. I feel like they've abandoned the belief in oblivion as something they can achieve. Certainly Achamian seems to believe that he's damned, and Mimara confirms it. They even have the saying about "losing their soul but gaining the world", although perhaps that falls into denialism (they simply can't fathom how bad damnation will be, and opt not to think about it). As for the Nonman, I have a sneaking suspicion that that only reason he achieved oblivion was because he was so thoroughly Erratic that his soul was completely broken and faded faster to oblivion. It'd be a cruel joke, that the only way for a soul to find oblivion is to be utterly spent and broken till almost nothing remains (sort of like how Shae used near-death, weak souls to "catch" his own in his own soul-trap). Intact souls are just too noticeable and catch the attention of one demonic power or another. "False Sun" is so good - it's like the best parts of Bakker's Second Apocalypse world-building writing, concentrated into a short story. I do love how it gives away the game about the heavens and hells of the Outside with that anonymous quote at the beginning of the chapter, something which we more or less get a confirmation of in the "head on a pole" sequence. You may be moaning with pleasure or shrieking in agony, but either way you're feeding the Gods and ciphrangs.
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    Bakker LVI: the Rectum of Creation

    Given that sorcerers are damned, and the Mandate Schoolmen know they are damned and that damnation is real, I'm surprised they don't put a ton more work into soul-trapping magics. We know it can be done - Shaeonanra figured out how to trap his soul long after his body's death, and the Artisan seems to have figured out how to trap most of a soul (Immirricas was trapped in the Amiolas, mostly - and the choice he was given was either "risk the hells" or "get bound in a magic translation armor"). Alternatively, maybe they should try to steal part of the Outside with Daimotic sorceries for their souls. Or deliberately create a God for sorcerers, something which I suspect would already happen (it'd be amusing if Seswatha turned into a ciphrang who has been absorbing all the Mandate Schoolmen souls for generations, because they're all bound to his soul and he can periodically possess them). I've been reading the appendices against for Unholy Consult. It sounds like Inri Sejenus might have unwittingly screwed over a bunch of people, because the Hundred Gods are described as jealous connoisseurs - they won't share souls or worship with other gods. Or course, the Fanim treated the Hundred with complete disdain and were thus the most screwed over.
  7. Winter Bass

    What Do You Think Cultural Appropriation Is?

    I'd lump that under "impersonation". It's not like they've something else that uses feathers in the team graphics - they are openly, explicitly using a caricature of native American imagery without being indigenous, nor even with consent from an indigenous group.
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    Most filmable adaptation

    Vernor Vinge's A Fire Upon the Deep is pretty adaptable. It's basically giant space opera with a planetary side story, and while they'd need to vary up and abridge the whole "Usenet of the Galaxy" stuff, it seems like an adaptation would be pretty straightforward (if really expensive). I strongly disagree on the Second Apocalypse's readiness for adaptation. Tons of changes would have to be made, and should be made.
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    Tolkien 3.0

    I tend to think so as well. They had free will, and conceivably could have been brought to the Light - but Morgoth's corruption and literally millennia of bad blood between them and all the other races made that impossible in practice. I don't think Tolkien ever made it clear whether Orcs are mortal or not. I think not, given that we never see aged Orcs - but it could be read as variable, since even if Orcs were originally corrupted Elves (and thus immortal), they've been cross-bred with Men since then to produce the Uruk-Hai.
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    What Do You Think Cultural Appropriation Is?

    I tend to rate "impersonation" and "uncredited theft of particular individuals' work" as bigger concerns than incorporating elements of stuff here and there (for example, the way that Sichuan Cuisine uses hot peppers that came from the Americas). The latter is simply reality - cultures are not distinct entities with solid boundaries that can be transgressed, at least not most of the time.
  11. Winter Bass

    The Witcher on Netflix 2

    He needs to look a lot more "weathered". As is, he kind of looks like Thranduill from the Hobbit movies. And yeah, it does look pretty wig-ish.
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    Tolkien 3.0

    Eru seems to prefer giving his creations a fair amount of leeway on whether to choose to follow the plan, and then bending events and situations to correct and use the product of their choices to further align with the plan. Sort of like how he "adopted" the Dwarves and gave them spirits, but didn't really "fix" any of the differences from Elves and Humans that their creator Aule made because he could only imperfectly remember what they were going to be like.
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    Marvel Netflix - Sweet Christmas!

    We don't know much about Netflix's metrics for success (on purpose - it gives them more leverage with creators), but I do recall reading that this is a big deal for them. A show with a lot of starts, but people abandoning the show without finishing it counts hugely against that show and decisions on renewal.
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    Tolkien 3.0

    I liked Banewreaker, but . . . nah. There's nothing romantic about Morgoth's rebellion - he's just a manipulative, cowardly, would-be tyrant who hates everything that's not him out of ego.
  15. Winter Bass

    WHEEL OF TIME tv show: Go on,tug my braid!

    Tar Valon will get shown well, because it's a commonly used and very important location in the story. That'll be CGI, model work, or both.
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